Butler County continues to attract movie makers

A Hamilton bridge closed this past weekend for crews to film a movie, marking the 12th time the city has been the backdrop for film crews since Ohio film tax credits took effect in 2009.

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Ohio is one of 34 states to offer some type of incentive — either in the form of a tax credit, rebate or grant — for movie makers and TV productions to film in the state.

Since the tax credit program took effect in 2009, there has been a $572 million economic impact to the state, according to Ivan Schwarz, president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

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“It’s all about the tax credits,” said Steve Colwell of Film Hamilton. “If we don’t have the tax credits, we won’t have the films here.”

A 2016 study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center estimated the film industry created a $54 million economic impact in greater Cincinnati in 2014 and 2015 and since 2014 has created 8,800 part- and full-time jobs with $11.8 million in taxpayer support.

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